Smoke-free businesses help protect employees from secondhand smoke. Often, smoke-free air policies at work encourage employees who smoke to consider quitting.
As of July 1, 2012, the majority of Indiana businesses were required to be smoke-free. Smoking is not allowed in a place of employment, public places, state-owned vehicles and school buses.
Local communities or counties may have stronger laws that include bars, tobacco retail stores, electronic cigarettes, private/fraternal clubs or other locations. Local laws supersede the statewide smoke-free law.
Transitioning to a smoke-free business requires planning and education. To help employers have a smooth, controversy free start, the Breathe Easy Indiana toolkit is available for FREE. The kit includes resources to educate employees and customers about the new smoke-free air law and what’s expected.
Each kit includes samples of materials available for order: window/door decals, posters, brochures, coasters, fact sheets explaining the law, an employee training sheet, transition checklist and free quitting resources for employees.
If you’ve received your toolkit and would like to order more materials, click here to print and fax in your order. Materials will be shipped within 5-7 business days.
Print your own sample materials from the PDF files below.
(Window Clings - You will have to trim and apply with your own adhesive)
Any business not exempt from the law must post signage, remove indoor ashtrays and other smoking receptacles and direct any person who is smoking to put out the cigarette, cigar or other lighted tobacco item. Any outdoor smoking must be at least eight feet away from a public entrance.
Workplaces exempt from the state law include bars, taverns, membership clubs, tobacco retail shops, cigar bars, hookah bars, casinos and satellite or off-track betting facilities.
Owners, managers or other persons in charge of a place of employment or public place are responsible for making sure all employees and customers comply with the law; failing to comply is a Class B infraction. Three or more infractions are considered a Class A infraction. An infraction is a violation of a law that does not subject the person to a criminal conviction or jail time.
- The Alcohol & Tobacco Commission
- The State Department of Health
- Local health departments
- A Health & Hospital Corporation (Marion County)
- Division of Fire & Building Safety within the
Indiana Department of Homeland Security
- A Law enforcement officer
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